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Adult Diaper Rash – Tips For Treating Diaper Rash


Coping With Rash Symptoms

In the last article “Adult Diaper Rash – How To Prevent It” we learned there are things we can do to prevent diaper rash. However, no matter how hard we try, we will inevitably encounter diaper rash. So, how do we treat adult diaper rash? How do we reduce the pain and make the dermatitis go away? What products are available?

Keep Applying Those Prevention Techniques!

The best way to treat adult diaper rash is to stick with the prevention guidelines mentioned in the previous article. To recap, keep the rash and surrounding area clean and dry. This can be accomplished by frequently checking for a soiled diaper and changing it if necessary.

Remember, urine and stool material are not the only irritants that can aggravate this medical condition. For stubborn skin rashes, change “diaper types” or change soaps to see if the rash gets less red and is less painful. You will need to experiment with this a little.

Try A Topical Ointment

Use a topical ointment or cream like A&D ointment or zinc oxide on the rash. This will act as a moisture barrier and also discourage bacteria growth that could cause infection. Neosporin will help fight the infection, but some people experience a sensitivity or allergic reaction.

Keep The Affected Area Clean

Gently wash the rash area using plain water or a mild soap. The rash area should also be left undiapered for 5 to 10 minutes, to allow the skin to fully dry before reapplying the diaper.

Use a Sitz Bath

Healing can be enhanced by soaking the rash area in a warm sitz bath for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day. Sitting in a bathtub works well also. This is soothing and it allows more blood flow in the rash area to aid the body’s healing process. Pat dry the skin after soaking and don’t wear a diaper for 5 to 10 minutes to assure thorough drying. Portable sitz baths are available at drugstores and medical supply stores.

Don’t Use Powders To Dry The Bottom

Do not put baby power or cornstarch on the rash to dry the bottom! Do not put them inside the diaper! These powders collect moisture and allow bacteria to breed.


The best advise? Don’t get “adult diaper rash” in the first place! If you do develop diaper rash, make sure your diaper is always clean and dry. Use an ointment as a moisture barrier. Experiment with different diaper types, soaps, etc. and reduce the discomfort by using a sitz bath if possible. Continue to stay clean and dry.

For more tips about diaper rash, adult incontinence, and how to buy adult diapers online, please go to the Adult Diaper Page.